AP Photo/Jim Mone

AP Photo/Jim Mone

If before the 2016 season you had told me the best pitcher on the Red Sox at the all-star break was Steven Wright and the most consistent starter after him was Rick Porcello, I would have guessed the Red Sox were in last place 13 games under .500. Instead, the Red Sox are in a virtual tie for 2nd place in the AL East (.002 percentage points ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays) just 2 games back of the division leading Baltimore Orioles with one game to go before the break. A big reason the Red Sox are in a great spot thus far is Rick Porcello.

On Saturday, Porcello once again proved his worth by pitching 7 very good innings and allowing just 1 run on a solo HR to pick up win #11. Of his 18 starts this season, Porcello has gone 6 or more innings in 15 of those starts and allowed more than 4 earned runs just once (5 earned on June 2nd vs the Baltimore Orioles). He has a very respectable 3.66 ERA with 92 Ks in 113 innings pitched. At 11-2, he has the 3rd best record in the AL and been one of 2 stable starters in the rotation all season (Wright being the other).

He isn’t flashy and won’t get a ton of attention, but Porcello is as responsible for the Red Sox success in 2016 as anyone else on the roster. Hopefully he can continue to produce a solid outing every 5 days in the 2nd half of the season and end with one of the best years of his career.